November 18, 2018
See my lecture at the National World War One Memorial & Museum in Kansas City, MO on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. Hear how the illness affected the war and the homefront. See Video
November 7, 2022 Carl C. Siegel proudly showing his car circa 1936
November 5th marked the 135th birthday of Carl Christian Siegel, my maternal grandfather. To celebrate I wanted to highlight one of the things I have noticed while digitizing family photos- grandpa liked cars! There are many photos of Grandpa and his family with cars so I … Continue reading "Grandpa Siegel & His Cars"
March 1, 2020
Was your family affected by the influenza pandemic that occurred a century ago? Chances are good that it was. The pandemic occurred in three waves. The first, from March through July 1918, was the mildest wave with a low number or deaths, but unusual in that it lasted through the early summer. The second wave … Continue reading "In the Grip of La Grippe: Spring 1918, the First Wave"
February 24, 2020
For more than twenty years I worked on national security policy with a decided emphasis on diseases and natural disasters. Even with my shift into genealogy in 2014, I can’t resist following the news of the novel Coronavirus. I am constantly looking for the signposts of pandemic and following information from health officials … Continue reading "Spanish Influenza Provides Lessons for Coronavirus"